The reigning AFC champions may have been the best team in their conference a year ago, but they still have a ton of needs to address, starting with their secondary.
With that being said, who will the Patriots draft with those two selections? (Assuming that they don't trade out of any, which is a definite possibility.)
No. 27: Harrison Smith, Strong Safety, Notre Dame
With this selection, the New England Patriots add some much-needed depth into their abysmal secondary.
Harrison would likely jump in as the team's starting strong safety in 2012, as he's an incredibly smart player that has all the makings of emerging into a defensive captain.
Smith has ideal size, as he stands in at 6'1" and weighs 212 lbs. and is extremely effective in run support and plays very physical—he loves to lay down the lumber.
As for playing against the pass, he possesses great ball skills and is athletic enough to match up against opposing tight ends.
No. 31: Devon Still, Defensive Linemen, Penn State
Penn State's Devon Still possesses the ideal size for an NFL defensive linemen and has a ton of upside and potential.
Still is versatile enough to play in either the 4-3 or the 3-4 at any position in those systems—which is very valuable for the Patriots, as Bill Belichick has shown that they'll play in either of those defenses.
All in all, Still is solid against the pass and very effective against the run and would be a very wise decision for New England at this point of the draft.
Tony Santorsa's 2012 NFL Mock Draft:
1. Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Luck
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil
4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne
6. St. Louis Rams: Fletcher Cox
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Melvin Ingram
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill
9. Carolina Panthers: Justin Blackmon
10. Buffalo Bills: Michael Floyd
11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro
12. Seattle Seahawks: Luke Kuechly
13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin
14. Dallas Cowboys: Quinton Coples
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Brockers
16. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick
18. San Diego Chargers: Cordy Glenn
19. Chicago Bears: Nick Perry
20. Tennessee Titans: Stephon Gilmore
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Peter Konz
22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright
23. Detroit Lions: Riley Reiff
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Adams
25. Denver Broncos: Dontari Poe
26. Houston Texans: Whitney Mercilus
27. New England Patriots: Harrison Smith
28. Green Bay Packers: Jerel Worthy
29. Baltimore Ravens: Dont'a Hightower
30. San Francisco 49ers: Coby Fleener
31. New England Patriots: Devon Still
32. New York Giants: Zach Brown
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